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After working in Europe for decades, actor Christoph Waltz caught the attention of American audiences with his role in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds.
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Waltz had previously turned down other opportunities to play a Nazi. "It wasn't for ideological reasons. It was because they were lousy parts. To do a lousy part and a Nazi? That's a bit much." he explained to Entertainment Weekly. While the film received some mixed reviews, Waltz received nearly universal raves for his work on Inglorious Basterds. He has won several awards,
including a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and the Best Actor honors at the Cannes Film Festival. Waltz also nabbed the Academy Award in the 2009 for Best Supporting Actor.
After the success of Inglorious Basterds, Waltz landed a variety of Hollywood film roles. He appeared in The Green Hornet (2011) with Seth Rogan as the titular crime fighter. That same year, Waltz starred in the circus drama Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson and in Roland Polanski's dramatic comedy Carnage with Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly.
In 2012, Waltz debuted his latest work with Quentin Tarantino: Django Unchained. He co-starred with Jamie Foxx in this pre-Civil War western, playing a former-dentist-turned-bounty hunter, who takes a freed slave named Django under his wing. Together they search for Django's wife (Kerry Washington), and work to get her away from her evil owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Waltz picked up his second Academy Award for best supporting actor for his work on the film. In his acceptance speech, he expressed his "unlimited gratitude" to Tarantino and thanked his co-stars in the film.
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